Title: The Day the Earth Caught Fire Summary: When the U.S. and Russia unwittingly test atomic bombs at the same time, it alters the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth. Directed by: Val Guest Actors: Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern Production Company: Pax Films Release Date: May 1962 (USA) Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Hysterical panic has engulfed the world after the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices causing a change to the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.
April 26, 2020 Subject:
OK but kind of drags a little. I'd expect quite a bit more panic.
March 22, 2020 Subject:
The Day Janet Munro Caught Fire
I cannot speak more highly of this particular film. I would like to thank the magnificent Internet Archive for preserving this film in such a clean version. It is a work of true brilliance, suspense, romance and adventure.
The film is virtually unknown as near as I can tell in America and probably in Britain as well nowadays.
It is my favorite End of the World movie.
I would put it up there with any other End of the World movie, believing personally that it is the best; certainly any discerning viewer would place it among the very best.
It is also one of the finest newsroom movies that I have ever seen. I believe that the dialogue, written mostly by Wolf Mankiewicz in a screenplay made with director Val Guest, rivals that of any newsroom screen play anywhere. I would compare the dialogue to movies like His Girl Friday, the Front Page, and the like; newsroom movies filled with snappy insults, observations, asides and rejoinders. It's basically the story of a major daily paper covering the End of the World. What a premise!
It's British of course and so you have to listen very carefully to what they're saying: it's easy to not understand the dense hackney and cockney accent's as well as the "BBC" accents. I might even recommend keeping your finger on the rewind button so that you can go back and listen again. There are so many gems in the dialogue that I am still amazed by some new witticism I missed before, each time I watch the movie again, which is at least once a year.
It's also a hell of a lusty adventure tale. Thespian Edward Judd, in his film debut, rivals Richard Burton at his best. Janet Munro may not quite be Elizabeth Taylor, but her scenes with Judd are steamy and powerful and she is an effective and really strong female protaginist that holds her own in a movie full of brilliant macho guys.
They are both hot as hell, and not only because the Earth is on fire!
The photography and the end of the world special effects are truly special. They created such great and creepy scenarios using matt paintings, colorization, weird angles and popular locales like Picadilly Circus with no people or cars! How the hell did they do that without some intense CGI action?
Cameron Crowe did it with Times Square in the Tom Cruise movie Vanilla Sky, but that was a hugely expensive endeavor using the clout of the biggest box office star in the world. How the hell did Guest shoot in major London locales making it look like they were abandoned? Really something.
Experience "The End of the World" with some real class. Grab a bottle of best single malt you've got, or a fat joint, and watch this movie tonight!